Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 18: We are gpverned by the greediest and most immoral of humans.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/18/billionaires-donations-notre-dame-france-inequality

Well, you can be sure that none of these billionaires will be poor as a result of their donations. I am reminded of the New Brunswick oil billionaire who gave a (much, much smaller) donation to the poor. The province's wanna be billionaires gave him a lavish dinner, and the local newspapers (owned by the billionaire) wet their pants in pages of praise.

And the billionaire is, of course, one of those who doesn't pay income taxes. In fact, he doesn't pay much in the way of property taxes, either. He lets the poor do that.

The Guardian does have it's bad moments. But when it's good, it's very, very good.
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"A definite creep:a probable rapist" That's how most of our press describes Assange. The fact is that this label equally applies to - say - Donald Trump. In any case, being a creep is not a crime. And we have not seen that he is a 'probable' rapist.

This is really all part of a hate campaign to find excuses for the U.S. to punish him. They have said very little about their real hatred of him - which was of exposing facts the government didn't want the people know about.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm#inbox/FMfcgxwCgLmnCBPBzzFbpkfpmwDGPMXs
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/18/trumps-attacks-on-ilhan-omar-aim-to-stoke-fears-ahead-of-the-2020-election

Sieg Heil!
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/18/decades-of-denial-major-report-finds-new-zealands-environment-is-in-serious-trouble

Don't worry. Donald Trump and the new premier of Alberta say none of this is happening. And they would know - like - y'know....
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The U.S., like Britain, France, Spain, has plundered all over the world. But nobody is allowed to touch American property. Next the U.S. will tell us it wants to make Cuba a democracy. this come from the U.S. that kept Cuba under a dictatorship for decades until Cuba freed itself. Nor has the U.S. said anything about it's campaign of torture and murder when it ran the country.

But that's okay. Americans are God's chosen people.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/17/cuba-trump-new-restrictions-canada-europe
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-as-unpleasant-as-assange-is-he-still-deserves-constitutional-protection
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/18/us-slides-down-annual-press-freedom-ranking-watchdog-calling-nation-problematic
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/18/shaye-wolf-walruses-are-jumping-off-cliffs-to-their-deaths-yes-because-of-climate-change/
Not to worry.  Premier Ford of Ontario and President Ford of the wackier portion of the U.S. tell us this isn't happening.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/18/trump-vetoes-congressional-resolution-to-end-yemen-war/

Makes sense. There's still a lot of babies to starve to death.
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https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/04/18/jimmy-carter-us-most-warlike-nation-history-world

Well, I guess that's what God wants.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/18/war-versus-peace-israel-has-decided-and-so-should-we/
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/04/17/Jason-Kenney-Wins-Alberta-Fierce-Conflicts-Ahead/

Alberta politics have a long tradition of crackpots. Albertans decided that premier Notley was just not in the Alberta tradition.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/18/russiagate-is-dead-long-live-russiagate/

Hey! You have to remember. God is an American.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51446.htm
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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-korean-war-era-massacre-was-policy/

Of course American soldiers killed women and children. Indeed, those have been the major casualties in almost all wars the U.S. has  fought. This goes back to the days of slaughtering native peoples. It became official policy with the bombing of Dresden in World War 2, and it has been increased in every war since then.

In Korea, women and children were the major casualties. We blamed Hitler's Germany for starting it with Guernica in Spain. In fact, the pioneer of it in the twentieth century was Winston Churchill who had nothing but contempt for 'inferior peoples'. That's why he ordered a regular bombing of Kurd villages that had no defences in 1920.

Think of next time you're watching a TV parade of American soldiers with chests covered in medals, and when Trump is calling them national heroes. He doesn't mention that most of those they have killed were women and children.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51434.htm

And Trump tells us that he wants to bring democracy to Venezuela.  Yeah.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51434.htm

And you think that our American friends would never dream of attacking Canada?
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/16/news/oilsands-polluted-more-entire-economies-bc-or-quebec

There's also a debt, a deep debt that Alberta faces. The clean-up of the oil fields is going to cost at least 250 billion dollars. And where is that money going to come from? I can assure you it isn't going to come from all those rich buddies of the government.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/17/news/suzuki-foundation-tides-and-other-groups-brace-impact-jason-kenneys-new-war

Will the new premier of Alberta revive the economy? Almost certainly not. What he will do - and already has done - is to increase the wealth of the already rich, and increase the poverty of the already poor. (Just read the statements he's already made).
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It's a grand time for pompous asses and liars.

https://off-guardian.org/2019/04/18/no-one-is-above-the-law-you-have-to-be-kidding/
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The Palestinian holocaust and the Israeli Nazis. We still don't recognize that the Nazi treatment of Jews- and our refusal to help the Jews - has made some of the most peaceful and tolerant people in the world into the most vicious, and most like the Nazis.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190418-world-bank-palestinian-economy-on-the-verge-of-collapsing/
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Western arms dealers are selling as they have never sold before, often even selling to both sides.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190418-world-bank-palestinian-economy-on-the-verge-of-collapsing/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trump-wants-to-maintain-us-empire-but-without-the-alliances/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trump-campaign-pulls-in-unprecedented-fundraising-in-first-quarter/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trump-wants-to-end-regulation-that-cut-mercury-pollution-by-81-percent/
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https://truthout.org/articles/who-really-got-a-tax-cut-this-year-corporations-and-the-wealthy/
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https://truthout.org/articles/who-really-got-a-tax-cut-this-year-corporations-and-the-wealthy/
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This has been a dreadful news day. So let's do a little bit of thinking.

The U.S. is an empire. Of course it is. Indeed, it always has been - murdering millions, stealing their lands and resources. The U.S. has murdered at least 20 million people - most of them, usually, civilians and children. It  has invaded and murdered and set up dictatorships in almost all of Latin America.

Since 1945, Britain has been a colony of the American empire. It jumps in eagerly to help Americans fight their wars. It invariably supports whatever the US wants it to at the UN. When Trump decided to invade Venezuela, he had the support of 50 or 60 European countries who had no business interfering. But the U.S. told them to jump and they jumped.

Let's not kid ourselves. Canada was a colony of the British empire. That's why it joined our British masters to kill Boer farmers in South Africa. But that ended when the British empire collapsed   (with American help).  When Trump made it clear he intended to invade  Venezuela, our colonial prime minister Trudeau jumped up to cheer. Is it possible Canada will send troops to Venezuela?
It is very possible. And we will murder people to please our U.S. masters. In fact, we already have in Afghanistan, Haiti, Syria, Libya - and other places.

The U.S. expects we will fight its wars when it tells us to. And when climate change becomes severe enough, it will simply add Canada to be American states.
Yes. That is exactly what will happen.

And Europeans aren't dumb. They have no desire to be American colonials. And their only alternatives are Russia and China.

And the Christian churches? I don't think they've ever seen a war they didn't like.
As the British Empire murdered 350 million people, stole their land, impoverished the rest to be British slaves, the British  (and Canada/British) churches cheered.

And the Canadian churches still cheered when they launched into an illegal war with Afghanistan - and Libya - and Syria - and Haiti - happily killing to please Canada's masters.

(In fact, I can't think of any war in history in which the Christian churches disapproved of our sending troops. Indeed, the churches were often on both sides in World War Two  in Europe. The churches supported our side, of course. But they also supported Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy.)

When it comes to war, you can expect a moral vacuum on both sides.

No. This is not a cheerful blog. In reality, we are governed by some of the worst murderers in history. These people happily murder civilian women and children. In fact, they are not the major targets. That happened in Iraq and Guatemala among many others.

Our economic and political leaders are, as a group, the most vicious, rapacious, immoral people once could possibly encounter. They are also very stupid, stupid and greedy and vicious with no limits as they head us straight into economic catastrophe.

Our churches have long ago become useless or, worse, the puppets of the billionaires. Trump's support is a good example of that. We  have been made into a people  who are taught to hate and to fear; we  have tremendously increased racism.

And if this continues, we crash into economic disaster unless a world nuclear war cuts it all short. And a world nuclear war is exactly what Trump is playing with.


















Tuesday, April 16, 2019

April 16: Our final days?

Trump and his village idiots (like John Bolton) are discussing - with his generals - a possible invasion of Venezuela.

Russia and China are both in Venezuela - by invitation. They have ever right to be there. The U.S. has no right to be there or to threaten it.

Russia, China and the U.S. are nuclear powers.

It is also very possible that any American attack would inspire uprisings by the puppet states where the U.S. has established dictators.

But don't worry. Americans are God's chosen people. Yes, they are.
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We humans have a wonderful power to lie to ourselves, and to believe our lies.

Christians, for example, will publicly mourn Hitler's murder of over 4 million Jews. And when they do that, they are lying to themselves. We knew, even before the war, of the brutality of the Nazi treatment of Jews. And our governments, at least, knew of the death camps during the war. That whole period was treated as evil by our news media. We knew what was going on.

But we didn't lift a finger to help the Jews. Starting well before the war, we refused to accept Jews who escaped. For several years after the war, we refused Jews who had survived. In effect, throughout the Holocaust we were,, for all our bluster and virtue, on the side of the Nazis when it came to dealing with Jews. And that's what produced a Netanyahu who has attitudes toward Palestinians remarkably similar to Nazi attitudes toward Jews. Hitler tried to destroy Jews. Netanyahu has gone a long way to destroying Judaism.

The British empire was remarkably racist. That's why it could slaughter millions of Chinese and Indians and Africans without a qualm. This was particularly true of a Winston Churchill. Indeed, Churchill was a racist as only a descendant of the British upper class could be. He absolutely refused to help the Jews of Europe.

And the U.S., does it have a history of racism and slaughter that compares to Hitler's Germany? You bet.

Savagery and death were inflicted on slaves in far, far greater numbers than Hitler's holocaust. Then there were the native peoples. From ten million at the start, their number fell to less than 3000 by 1910.  Yes, many died from disease. They also, men, women and children were killed by war and were killed for profit. The U.S. long paid white Americans money for scalps they cut from men, women, and children. The final touch, from 1865, was  to massacre them with gatling guns at 200 shots per mnute - men, women and children.

For five hundred years, we white folks of the western world have been happily slaughtering uncountable millions of people who aren't white. We have done it on a far, far greater scale than Hitler did. Like Hitler, we were racists.

Funny how our news media told us that Hitler was a racist murderer. But they never told us that we were (and still are) racist murderers. (The U.S. murder of 200,000 Maya men, women and children in Guatemala never even made our news.)

So now Donald Trump is gearing up to kill even more men, women and children. (It Makes America Great Again). And we, like Hitler's Nazis, will purse our lips to kill even more.

And, like the Nazis, it won't even occur to us that we are murderous bastards - just like the Nazis.
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Canada and the U.S. are flooded with "think-tanks" which are really propaganda agencies funded by billionaires. They lie constantly. Here's a gem from Canada's major one, The Fraser Institute. It argues that private schools are not subsidized with public money. In fact, and as the author admits, these schools for rich kids are heavily subsidized with government money. The author of this lie is just playing word games. In Canada, 370,000 children go to private schools which offer smaller classes, and social connections. And the rest of us pay half and more of their fees.

http://ftw.fraserinstitute.org/article/private-schools-are-not-subsidized
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/15/rebellion-prevent-ecological-apocalypse-civil-disobedience
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Notre Dame was  our world of almost 1,000 years ago. That's why it took over 150 years to build it. We were a world almost no mechanical devices, no electricity, no power drills to cut stone, no chain saws.....I don't know how many men it took to build it over all those years. But it's stunning to think of the thousands of manual labourers it must have taken to building it. It's stunning to think of all the brutal work of cutting, moving the stones, then raising them by hand in their tons.

Then there's the astonishing engineering of a building that could last for centuries. I can think of few (no) great buildings of our time that could last for so long. It was an unimaginably great triumph of will, faith, and sweat by ancestors so distant we can scarcely imagine them.

But we also need a sense of the vitality of a society that could do that. For that purpose, I ran a scene from the opening of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Charles Laughton. It's set in the early days of that church, with the mobs and soldiers and tower bells and beheading and lashing - and sanctuary - of the church.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/16/hypocrisy-without-borders-ivanka-trump-trip-africa-ethiopia-ivory-coast
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Can there be anybody who seriously believes that Trump pays any income tax? Well, yeah. Maybe those people in the Bible belt.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/apr/16/seth-meyers-trump-jimmy-kimmel-taxes
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The critics are right. Sometimes the The Guardian is dishonest. Here's an example.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/24/the-guardian-view-on-venezuela-its-people-deserve-better

This is pure propaganda. The U.S. must be in the right in Venezuela because Canada supports the U.S.? Of course Canada supports the U.S. Canada is a U.S. bootlicker. It has been since 1945. 50 countries support the U.S. position? Of course. These are all countries that kiss the American bum.

Maduro has mismanaged the economy? Probably so. But the real hardship in Venezuela comes from the U.S. using force to destroy the economy. And the real ruler of Venezuelan politics is?????? Well, the U.S. says he[s a man - who was not even a candidate in the election. Come off it.

This story in The Guardian isn't news. This is propaganda.

The reality is that U.S. billionaires want to control Venezuela oil. And Venezuela would be kept poor by the U.S. because that's the U.S. pattern all over  Latin America - and the U.S. for that matter.

To The Guardian - "Liar, liar, pants on fire"
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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/16/more-than-100-people-arrested-in-london-climate-change-protests-extinctio

Don't kid yourself. Fighting climate change is one hell of a battle. But people in the oil industry don't give a damn about climate change. The only thing they care about is their own profit. And if the planet is destroyed because of that - tough.

Canada is still nowhere close to the planning and the action that it needs. Billionaires kill. That's why the U.S. has attacked some 50 to 70 countries since 1945. The Donald Trumps and Doug Fords and all their kind may seem to be fools - and they are fools - but they are also very serious killers.
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-netanyahu-appeals-to-israeli-right-with-ultra-nationalist-stance
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/cathy-crowes-blog/2019/04/anatomy-heat-wave
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/15/attendees-secret-meeting-us-military-assault-venezuela-revealed

This may be the most dangerous move ever taken. Russia and China are, quite legally, in Venezuela.  Russia, China and the U.S. are all nuclear powers. And, yes, wars can go off by accident. The American government is being dangerous? No. The American government is being insane.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/04/arctic-permafrost-no-longer-freezes-even-in-winter/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51431.htm
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https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/war/

No. The U.S. can't afford health care, education, living salaries..... But it can spend billions to starve babies to death.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51430.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51428.htm
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http://medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2019/900-assange-arrest-part-1-so-now-he-s-our-property.html
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/15/reviews/humans-are-villain-netflixs-new-series-our-planet
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/04/14/ukraine-admitted-to-interfering-in-the-2016-us-election-on-clintons-side/
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Justin Trudeau is, as usual, a kisser for bent over U.S. presidents. He supported the US assault on Venezuela from the start. I have always feared he would get Canada wrapped up in a war on Venezuela - Canadians dying (and killing) to please American oil billionaires.

So far as the U.S. (and Canada's  Liberals and Conservatives are concerned) Canada must now be a colony to the U.S. as it once was to Britain. Now, Trudeau is taking us very, very close to sending Canadians to kill Venezuelans. And again, Canada can watch it's dead coming back along the "Highway of Heroes".

Stuff the Queen. It's time for us to sing God bless America. What a fraud patriotism can be!

https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/14431
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https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-new-proposal-cheats-8-million-working-people-of-overtime-pay/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trump-wants-to-end-regulation-that-cut-mercury-pollution-by-81-percent/

The amazing thing is that such large numbers of Americans will accept this plundering.
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https://truthout.org/articles/house-democrats-subpoena-deutsche-bank-as-part-of-trump-finance-probe/
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https://truthout.org/articles/who-really-got-a-tax-cut-this-year-corporations-and-the-wealthy/
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We are as murderous and greedy a society as the world has ever seen.

https://theintercept.com/2019/04/15/saudi-weapons-yemen-us-france/
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https://thesaker.is/lesson-learned-russia-is-now-doing-in-venezuela-what-it-failed-to-do-in-yugoslavia-syria/

This may be one hell of an indicator of where the U.S. is taking us with Venezuela. And Justin Trudeau is wimpy enough to take Canada into the same path.
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article205987.html
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Get used to it most of our societies are controlled by the greediest and most immoral people in history -   who control the majority of our politicians. That's a theme that runs through the whole history of Canada and the U.S. - though our history books say very little about it.

Look at those people! The make more money in a year than most of us could  make in hundreds of lifetimes. These are the ones who starve our public schools. In the U.S., these are the ones who leave ordinary people ---to die.

Oh, I'm sure they work very hard for their money. Yes, yes. So do most of us.

Can we solve this without violence? I wish we could. But the very rich can hire the thugs to keep us poor.

And Venezuela could be an example of how murderous they can be.

Would the Liberals or the Conservatives support such a slaughter of innocent people? You get they would. They'd run after the American killers like dogs with their toungues hanging out.


















Saturday, April 13, 2019

Aprill 13:Don't "keep right on to the end of the road."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/climate-change-atlantic-ocean-dfo-report-1.5094133

Nah. There ain't no climate change. If there were, New Brunswick's Mr. Irving would have told us in all them provincial newspapers he owns. And he's smarter than them scientists. He had two years of university. So there.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arctic-warmest-in-10000-
years-1.5094392

Note that this is the kind of story that CBC carries frequently. Most of the commercial news media don't. (I guess they don't want to confuse us.)
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/national-today-newsletter-afghanistan-us-crimes-lil-nas-x-1.5088647

Well, of course. The U.S. would never commit war crimes. You can ask any of the dead babies in Yemen, and they'll tell you that. And torture? No. Americans treat prisoners like guests.
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https://www.checkpointasia.net/imf-deal-for-ecuador-paved-way-for-assanges-arrest

Onward, Christian soldiers....
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/12/ivanka-trump-world-bank-pick-father-confirms-consideration

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/12/julian-assange-extradition-wikileaks-america-crimes

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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2019/04/united-nations-special-rapporteur-toxins-visit-canada

Yes, it's not just Africans and Latin Americans these Canadian corportations poison. It's also us.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/04/why-arent-we-hearing-about-growing-threat-nuclear-war

One of the great betrayals of our veterans of World War Two was to fail to deal

One of the great betrayals of our veterans of World War Two was to fail to deal  with the danger of nuclear war. Remember that on Armistice Day. And it would be nice if the Canadian Legion remembered it instead of spending it's time  encouraging our wars for billionaires.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/12/i-felt-americans-needed-know-insurance-industry-whistleblower-gives-glimpse-effort

Yes, the opponents of health care in the U.S. kill people - for profit.Could we see this  in Canada? You bet we could. The private health industry thinks only of itself.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/12/citing-assanges-work-exposing-us-atrocities-uk-labour-leaders-speak-out-against

Asssange's sin was exposing the lies of the American government. And this is a crime in God bless America.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/12/threatening-swift-retaliation-if-us-israel-or-allies-probed-trump-celebrates-iccs

The U.S. increasingly reminds me of the British imperial days. The British never admitted to war crimes, either, though they murdered, starved over 300 million to death. But they called it glory, and thanked God for making Britain great.

The U.S. is imperial Britain all over again. The U.S. starved tens of thousands  children and babies to death in Yemen. It murdered some 200,000 Maya - and priests and nuns - in Guatemala. It smothered Vietnam in poisonous chemicals that are still killing.  It tortured (and still tortures) thousands all over the world. It set up a brutal dictatorship in Chile.....  But, like the British Empire, it's all glory, glory...

God save the Queen. Hail to the Trump. Ain't no war crimes here.
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Incidentally, we commonly refer to Jews as Semite's. And those critical of Israel are labelled as anti-Semites.

But Arabs are Semites, too. Yes, they are. Semite is a very wide ranging language group. So when Netanyahu attacks Palestinians, he's being an anti-Semite. And based on  his murderous behaviour, he's one of the world's biggest anti-Semites.

I remember the day - I was about 15 - when I was visiting Jewish friends in what was then Montreal's Jewish ghetto. There were joyful signs in story windows and smiles all the people around me. A state of  Israel had been created - a homeland for Jews. I was excited and as joyful as any of my friends.

Most of us now profoundly regret the racist state that is Israel.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/13/john-pilger-the-assange-arrest-is-a-warning-from-history
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/13/craven-us-lackey-australia-betrays-australian-world-hero-julian-assange-free-journalism/

So - when does Bush go on trial for his illegal wars and mass murders in Afghanistan and Iran?  When does Trump ( and his predecessors) go on trial for deliberately murdering children? When do many presidents go on trial for mass murders in Latin America?

And when will any Canadian prime minister have the guts to criticize what the U.S. is doing?

And, for that matter, when will any Canadian commercial news medium have the integrity to tell us what is really happening?
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Alberta is not ready to be a democratic, self-governing province.

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/04/12/Eleven-Ignored-Issues-Albertans-Should-Think-About/
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The next article is good - but very long, very complex and written with no concern for us slow readers.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51413.htm
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Check out information clearinghouse in general. It has many good articles about Assange.
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https://theantimedia.com/arrest-julian-assange-threat-journalism/

I'm not sure I agree with this one. The world of journalism has rarely been honest since the advent of mass media in the late  19th century. Most news media, then and now, have been propaganda agencies for their wealthy owners.
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https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-new-proposal-cheats-8-million-working-people-of-overtime-pay/
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It's been a dreadful day for news. Russia and China have, quite legitimately, established themselves in Venezuela to the anger of the U.S. So we have a gathering of the world's three leading nuclear powers. And a nuclear war is very possible, not even from some deliberate choice but from over-tension and a moment of panic from one of the nuclear bases spread all over the world.

Is it possible that such a stupid thing could happen? Well, it did happened, almost, some years ago. A Russian officer at a nuclear base got the the order that western missiles were on their way. And if he had fired, this would have been game over for the world. Luckily, this was an officer not afraid to think - and he delayed just long enough for the order to be cancelled.

Then we have the case of Alberta whose voters seem to want further development of it's oilfields. Duh - they create jobs.

Duh,  yeah. They also poison the world. The election will almost certainly be won by the party that wants to poison the world, the United Conservatives. (I wonder where these idiots breed.)

Someday soon, the order will have to go out to end all oil production. When that happens, the jolly oil barons who have been pumping the stuff will scamper off with the loot - leaving all those Alberta voters with a bill for some 270 BILLION dollars to clean up those fields.

Most of our prominent politicians are bought. And they have proven they don't give a damn for the health or welfare or even the survival of humanity in this world.

Meanwhile, Europe is getting very nervous about American leadership. Watch for it to be looking eastward. (Britain is not a factor in this. It is a puppet state of the U.S. - but the U.S. won't be doing it any favours.)

The U.S., meanwhile, is heading for disaster. It's government is not only slow in setting basic projects to support human life (like medical care), it's military is a spending chaos as the government cannot track down some 75 TRILLION dollars in defense spending. It is also in  the midst of  developing the most expensive fighter plane in history.

Of course, the U.S. debt is staggering, especially since American billionaires, like Canadian ones, don't pay taxes. This has meant a steady increase in taxation for the rest of us. It also has meant we have to cut spending on 'frills' like health care, medical care, education, basic survival expenses.....

In effect, we are ruled by the greediest of our greedy. And it's getting progressively worse. The road we're on is going to crash.

Oh, it's a bad day for writing a blog.
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

April 11:Warning - Depressing

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/venezuela-guaido-trump-pence-un-security-council-1.5092760

A lesson in hypocrisy and ignorance. There are many millions of Americans who will believe that the U.S. wants to restore democracy to Venezuela. They still don't know that this is the same U.S. that murdered 200,00 Guatemalans to destroy  democracy there. It is the same U.S. that destroyed democracy in  Chile for 15 years. It is the same U.S.  that built up a brutal  dictatorship in Cuba, and wants now to push it back into that dictatorship. The closest buddy of the U.S. is Saudi Arabia,  one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world.

To American readers - take your "will of the people" and "God Bless America" - and stuff them. (Not all American readers. But a hell of a lot of them.)
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Don't write to me that the U.S. wants to restore democracy to Cuba. The U.S. was in control of Cuba for  years - and what it maintained was a dictatorship run by torture, mass poverty, rape.....

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/cuba-castro-shortages-trump-1.50929

Mind you, Trump will have no trouble selling this to Americans. He's a very talented speaker. Watch him speak. This is the Adolf Hitler of our time. And his Jews are Latins.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/provincial-memo-teacher-cuts-1.5085851

On the good side, there will be no cuts in government grants for corporations.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/assange-arrested-london-1.5093405

Well, it was bound to happen. Both Ecuador and Britain belong to the American empire.
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https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/apr/11/julian-assange-ecuador-president-lenin-moreno-evict-from-embassy
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/09/the-guardian-view-on-julian-assange-it-would-be-wrong-to-extradite-him
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/11/the-trump-netanyahu-relationship-is-sowing-disaster-for-both-countries
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Western government do not help refugees. They abuse them and make them into migrants. Then it's the hell with them, and let them drown.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/10/stranded-ship-runs-low-on-vital-supplies-for-migrants-and-refugees

We don't want to endanger our Christian purity.
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http://rabble.ca/news/2019/04/trudeau-government-panders-fears-invasion-refugees
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2019/04/ontario-education-cuts-mean-fewer-teachers-fewer-courses-and

Well, yeah. But it will also make more government money available to corporations. Anyway, you can always send your children to a private school for rich kids. In public schools, children just meet a low class bunch of bums. But in private schools they meet a much higher class of bums.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/04/why-arent-we-hearing-about-growing-threat-nuclear-war

The fact is we cannot fight a nuclear war with any significant survival on either side. But our who system of government - all over the world - encourages war. This was the issue we had to deal with in 1945. We had we had to develop a world government. We talked about it. But we didn't do it.

The old ways are just about over. The next repeat of them - like nuclear war, like a world war - is the end of the game for all of us.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/11/report-offers-bleak-picture-rising-inequality-and-soaring-costs-drive-young-people

Hey! We have to feed our billionaires first - and last - and all the time.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/11/bolstered-trump-tax-scam-number-us-corporations-paying-not-dime-federal-taxes

We are being robbed blind by our billionaires - who also own our major newspapers.
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//countercurrents.org/2019/04/11/julian-assange-arrested-at-the-ecuadorian-embassy/

Only a fool could believe that Assange will get a fair trial. He'll be up before a court of Trump-appointed judges.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/11/free-julian-assange-and-all-political-prisoners/

You want to put somebody on trial for the mass murder of innocent people in Iraq? Well, you should be taking a look at George Bush Jr. who went to war on false pretenses. (Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction - and Bush knew that.)
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51409.htm

God bless America.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/11/news/bc-introduces-law-require-cars-trucks-sold-2040-be-zero-emission
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What insanity, greed, and stupidity look like.

https://truthout.org/articles/the-f-35-fighter-jet-will-cost-1-5-trillion-its-time-for-new-priorities/

Schools? Hospitals?Nah. No money in those. Do what your billionaires tell you do to. I mean - they know how to make money.

Oh, yeah. And close your churches. They gave up on Christian principles almost 2,000 years ago. Going to church can only make you a hypocrite.
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The pictures in this next one aren't much use - but the text is.

https://theintercept.com/2019/04/07/combat-obscura-afghanistan-war-documentary/
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https://theintercept.com/2019/04/10/netanyahu-set-victory-israelis-vote-never-ending-military-rule-palestinians/

Real Judaism still exists. But not in Israel. In fact, Israel has been Hitler's greatest success story.
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https://thesaker.is/will-the-trump-administration-goes-to-war-next/
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article205987.html
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This has been the most depressing blog I have written. We live in a world which is, really, very unmodern. Real power in this world is held by a social elite who are in positions of power largely because they were born there. That has been the whole history of us. It's a social elite that has always be cruel and self-serving That was true of the Roman Empire, the ones before it and the ones after it.

There is no connection between this social elite and brains or morality.  It is there simply because it was born there. That has been the curse of mankind throughout the centuries. This social elite, as always, thinks only of its own wants. In our time, it is a social elite made up of billionaires with a dreadfully destructive greed that the rest of us have to die for.

The billionaires call it patriotism.

And we are very, very close to being the final victims of their history of greed and arrogance.

If we are to survive, we have to deal with these people. We have to have the courage to stand up against greed and stupidity. The alternative is a saturation  of death in the nearing war. A nuclear war would destroy not only billions of people. It would also destroy agriculture for most of the world. Indeed, there would be no world left for  human existence. But a nuclear war is precisely what the very greedy are preparing for.

These people are wildly irresponsible. (and not very bright, and without an ounce of morality.)  Millions have died for them in the past. (I know, I know. Hitler was evil. But that's not why World War Two was fought. The Churchills of this world didn't give a damn that he was evil. They didn't give a damn about the Jews.For that matter, the American war with Japan was not caused simply by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. It ha much more do with the eagerness of American business to take over the China trade now that Britain was getting kicked out.)

The news is no help. Almost all major news sources are owned and controlled by billionaires who use them for their propaganda. That's why they never told us what the Korean War was really all about. That's why an extremely foolish Canadian government  sent Canadian troops into war in Afghanistan - and into  "peacekeeping" in Haiti, and other operations that had nothing to do with Canada.

We have had almost nothing but wars, especially in Latin America and the middle east - and almost all of them started by U.S politicians who are bought and paid for by U.S. billionaires. In effect, we live in a  world largely governed and controlled by extremely greedy people of no great intelligence.

It's been over 30 years since we learned of climate change. And these very greedy people have not lifted a finger to deal with it. Nor will they.

You want to see evil? Take a look at the history of western capitalism. We are in very great danger as we approach the crash time.

















Tuesday, April 9, 2019

April 09:Insanity

http://rabble.ca/babble/news-rest-us/info-clearing-house-suspended

The above message MIGHT  have come from info clearing house. If so, it should return within a few days.

https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=373697047018228084#editor/target=post;postID=7486446237939863774;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=postname

I'm not convinced. But we'll see.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/orphan-wells-alberta-aldp-aer-1.5089254

So the oil industry will walk out, leaving us with a giant clean-up tab?  Of course.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-fires-secret-service-chief-randolph-tex-alles-1.5089578

No government in American history has suffered the rate of drop-outs that the Trump government has. And that is very, very dangerous. It opens the door to all the crackpots in Washington, and to some dangerous decisions.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/08/wall-street-socialism-jpmorgan-jamie-dimon-bailout

You want to study welfare associations? Check out capitalists across Canada and most of the western world. They avoid many, many billions in taxes; they make us pay billions to fight the wars that benefit only them. The rob us blind. And they buy our governments.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/07/boeing-737-max-regulation-corporate-america
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editorical interruption

Many years ago when the world was young, I was going to be a Christian clergyman in one of the standard Christian churches. I'm glad it never happened. Even in those days, the Christians were  the most bloody-minded people in history. There was the British Empire - the French and Dutch and Spanish and Portuguese empires - and now the American empire - of which Canada is a colony.

When European Jews tried to flee Europe in the 1930s and 40s, it was the Christians who blocked them. Over the years, Christians have murdered in the hundreds of millions. That's a strange record for people who are supposed to believe in "Thou shalt not kill." It also throws into confusion our enthusiasm for torture. George Bush sr. not only tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians  and clergy, he  (like his murderous son) belonged to a Christian church.

Have you heard much on this from your church? No. I didn't think so

So, in that sense it may be good news  that the older family of Christian churches is  dwindling. Alas, the bad news is that rising Christian churches are  the fundamentalist ones. And these are the ones who offer the biggest support to Donald Trump.

Why are they the spreading ones?

One reason, I think, is their obsession with getting into heaven. For many, eternity in heaven is the only goal they have. And once you believe in Jesus, snap your fingers because that's all that matters. Praise the Lord. That done and you assured of a seat in the clouds, you can murder, plunder, torture, enslave all you like. Just believe that Jesus is the son of God. Then there ain't nuthin' else that you can't do. And it's those self-seeking ranks that provide much of the Trump support. (Mind you, the older ones were big on killing foreigners too.)

That's why both the U.S. and Britain have lines in their imperial songs of joy that God wants us to kill.... "God who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet."
Yep. Murdering is all part of God's wonderful plan.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-lawsuit-scheer-defamation-1.5090240

At his best, Trudeau was not an impressive prime minister. Now, he is at his worst. And the only party large enough to replace him is the Conservative party which is worse, much worse, than even Trudeau has been.

Canada is in for some very bad years.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/09/two-thirds-glaciers-alps-alpine-doomed-climate-change-ice

Not to worry. The premier of Ontario says there is no climate change. And Mr. Ford has a  high -school education. So he knows things.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/07/netanyahu-vows-to-annexe-jewish-settlements-in-occupied-west-bank

It has become impossible to see what is Jewish about Israel.
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How politics really works for many of us.

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/04/jason-kenney-following-well-known-authoritarian-playbook
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http://rabble.ca/news/2019/04/trudeau-has-proven-himself-feckless-scheer-scary

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It's true, of course. If the Iran elite units are terrorists, the U.S. military is terrorist - and far, far worse in its terrorism. In Yemen, for example, it has killed tens of thousands of children by starvation. It is now starving children and adults in Venezuela. It has deliberately and heavily bombed civilians all over the world, making them its major targets - as in Korea where it murdered at least 30% of the population - Afghanistan, Vietnam, Iraq and many, many others. Devout Christian George Bush Sr. murdered at least  200,000 Maya plus many of the priests and nuns who supported them.

Indeed, all war IS terrorism. And no country practises it more vigorously than the U.S.

Funny how the Christians of the U.S. Bible belt have never figured that out.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/08/iran-designates-us-central-command-terrorist-group-operating-middle-east
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/08/another-horrific-attack-us-backed-saudi-coalition-bombs-yemen-school-killing-mostly

The greatest ally of the U.S. in the Middle East (along with Israel.)
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/09/ratcheting-up-tension-us-designation-of-revolutionary-guards-risks-escalation/
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The rise of Hitler has always been presented to us as the rise of an evil individual. Evil he was. But individual?

Hitler and his policies were made possible by the enthusiastic support of western capitalists and the politicians they owned. Henry Ford was the most notorious and public one. To them, a Germany governed by a Hitler would keep Marxism at bay, and protect capitalism. That's why capitalists in Britain and Germany and France and the U.S. were very kind to Hitler.

The knew what they were doing. They knew, from the start, about Hitler's persecution, beating and murder of Jews. (In fact, many shared his racist hatred of Jews. That's why, at the end of the war, the victorious powers were very, very slow to help the Jews. That's why, even today, Israel does not trust it's 'friends'.)

Who were Hitler's friends and supporters? Almost all of us were.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/09/india-under-narendra-modi-a-throwback-to-the-germany-of-the-1930s-or-are-we-imagining-things/

As a footnote to the above, we have happily supported the most recent Hitlers as they have arisen in Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, Brazil....
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/04/04/Big-Pharma-Billionaires/
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/04/09/Why-Has-Trudeau-Risked-So-Much-SNC-Lavalin/
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I include the next entry because I  have never had a full understanding of the issue of Brexit.

But it's clear that Britain is in a crisis worse than any in centuries. Funny thing, though. The Canadian media don't seem to give much of a damn. Nor do Canadians in general.
In the Boer War and two world wars, Canadians rallied to aid Britain. Yes. It was patriotic to do so. Those who signed up to serve the king were people of honour. Imperial patriotism was sacred.
But no more. Funny how patriotism can change - just like that (snap).
Ever since Korea, we have served the United States. England is starving? England is dying? Who cares?
Canada is now a colony of the U.S. Our patriotism now is at the disposal of Donald Trump, and only of Donald Trump. That's why we have, since 1950, served and died  in Korea, Afghanistan, and many, many small affairs such as the bombing of Libya.
Let's face reality. Patriotism should be wonderful - but it's almost always a sucker's game. Wait for the very likely announcement that we shall be serving our American masters in Venezuela.
And our love for Britain? That's history.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/09/the-crippling-of-britain-in-the-age-of-brexit/
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A-a-a-a-h.

The mystery has been cleared.  The powers in American life don't want people to read honest news media so they've been making life impossible for Information Clearing House - kicking it out to Iceland.

Update
We are very happy to be able to advise that we are making progress in reestablishing the website on servers located in Iceland. In 2010, the parliament unanimously passed the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, which mandates the establishment of robust free speech and press freedom laws, particularly for the protection of investigative journalists and outlets.
We are excited and feel more secure in knowing that these changes will go a long way to ensuring that we are able to resist future attacks and threats against our freedom of speech and distribution of information..
The concern of so may readers and members of our community regarding our service is heart warming and really appreciated.
Thanks also to Sarath in Canada who has been working behind the scenes to restore our service.
We are feeling confident that we should be back to normal in the next 24 / 48 hours. Thank you all for your good wishes and offer of assistance.
Peace and Joy - Tom Feeley


http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51378.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51385.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51381.htm

Very often, there is no ideology. There is only greed.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51379.ht

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51382.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51383.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/09/features/heres-what-happens-when-energy-pipeline-company-comes-calling
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/08/news/these-daughters-vote-delegates-felt-bullied-their-peers-after-they-protested-trudeau
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Guess who's good friends with the oil companies.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/08/news/how-alberta-kept-fort-mckay-first-nation-dark-about-toxic-cloud-oilsands
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/oprah-2-million-puerto-rico-donation-lin-manuel/

Donald Trump has been very slow in offering help to Puerto Rico which was terribly ravaged by a storm. Of course, for the Trump, it's people, though technically American, are the wrong colour and the wrong language and the wrong origins. And Trump can win a lot of racist votes by refusing to help them.
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https://www.juancole.com/2019/04/electric-vehicles-gasoline.html
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
https://truthout.org/articles/the-militarization-of-johns-hopkins-exposes-a-nationwide-trend/
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https://truthout.org/articles/us-takes-illegal-dangerous-actions-toward-regime-change-in-venezuela/

Trump is starving millions of innocent people. He's also risking a world war 3 - whose only virtue is that there will never be a world war 4.

And this is all to satisfy the greed of a few American oil billionaires (who don't pay taxes to anybody.)
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https://truthout.org/articles/conservatives-dont-hate-socialism-they-hate-equality/

This may answer a lot of questions. It has been rare, very very rare, for any society to be made up of equals. Egypt, Rome, Greece. all European countries have been built around their leadership class. And the leadership class has always ruled purely for itself.

For hundreds of years that British have heaped wealth on a Royal Family that has shown few flashes of brains or abilities in all those centuries. And the British are bogged down in titles like sir, lord, duke, earl, none of which require any brains. But the upper levels all get to sit in the House of Lords just  as if they had normal intelligence.

The U.S. was NOT founded on equality. George Washington was probably the richest man in the country. The governments of Canada have always been open to the wishes of Canada's UNequal. They have the right to hold on to wealthy for generations,  to become corporate bosses because their fathers were. The richest man in New Brunswick has power - not because he has any great education or insights. He is up with the leadership class because he was born into it.

That's why a few are very, very rich, and millions of the rest live in poverty. That's why a few students go to very expensive private schools with small classes, and the rest of us are herded into overstuffed classrooms.

Once one has the wealth, it is carried over for generations - just like royal families. We're running short of royal families. But we're still up to our ears in brainless corporate bosses..
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article205873.html
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article205987.html
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Oh my!  This was a long one.










Saturday, April 6, 2019

April 6: Worse

I have have had several days of computer chaos due to google interference. (Hint - in such a case, do not depend on google to be any help whatever.) Now, I'm very late in starting this blog. So it may be short.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/teacher-unions-education-protest-queens-park-1.5087734

Get used to it. We are living in  a chaotic political world. Most of it - the Liberals and Conservatives - are our enemies. The NDP is on our side - but flabby. Popular protests, like the Ontario teachers' one, protest with real anger, with a  real desire to make change is something we desperately need.

Alas, we have a voting public which is - to be kind - in profound ignorance of what is happening in the world. Most of the them will vote for our shabby Liberals and Conservatives while the world crumbles around us. I don't know why. I suspect that most of those who vote Liberal and Conservative do so because they like the sound of those words - without really having any meaning for them.

And so we are walking straight into disaster - and handing real power in our countries over to billionaires who have no social values at all, who have long since destroyed democracy, and who hide their billions from taxation.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/u-s-venezuela-sanctions-oil-companies-vessels-1.5086991

Who the hell ever gave the U.S. the right to tell other nations who they can trade with? To the best of my knowledge, the U.S. is the only country that does this - and it is always done to please American billionaires who use it to force countries to trade only with them. And what a collection of wimps we are to allow the U.S. to do this.

The west also allows the U.S. to illegally interfere in Venezuela politics - and our wimp prime minister is there kissing his master's hand.
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Oh. And all those Christian Americans who thought it a good idea to separate migrant children from there parents are prepared to keep families separated for two years. Yes. children can enjoy two years of living in wire cages.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/06/identifying-separated-migrant-families-may-take-two-years-us-government-says
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/06/us-mexico-immigration-climate-change-migration

The world has hundreds of millions of refugees. Most of them have been created by the greed and brutality of western powers. But the western powers have no intention of helping them. At first, the west stuffed them into wretched camps. Now they just send them back into the hell we have created.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/04/migrant-ship-storm-64-people-denied-safe-port-harbour-italy-malta

We happily kill people by the millions. But we do nothing to help them.
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https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/04/04/monsters-inc-they-treated-us-we-were-animals

Hey!. I'm sure Trump is just doing what Jesus would have done in the same situation. That's why the U.S. Bible belt voted for the Christ-like Trump.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/06/education-privatizers-have-gone-global-so-must-we-if-we-want-to-stop-them/
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http://rabble.ca/news/2019/04/jason-kenneys-discriminatory-and-unfair-refugee-rules-lie-ruins
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/05/analysis/shell-shows-how-big-oil-cracks-over-climate-change
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/05/news/internal-memo-reveals-public-services-assessment-harpers-end-mandate-climate
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/04/opinion/when-it-comes-environmental-laws-oil-companies-shouldnt-make-rules

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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/venezuela-crisis-children-unicef-millions-aid/

God bless America - I don't think.
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/04/06/operation-gladio-the-unholy-alliance/
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https://theantimedia.com/us-declare-iran-revolutionary-guards-terrorist-group/

So they are. All military groups are terrorists. That's true of the CIA, of the American army......
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https://truthout.org/articles/wendys-owner-gives-big-to-trump-while-refusing-farmworkers-demands/
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https://truthout.org/articles/the-irs-tried-to-take-on-the-ultrawealthy-it-didnt-go-well/
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The major purpose of American military spending is not to defend America. It's purpose is to create massive spending for the profit of the weapons industry. That's one of the reasons the U.S. can't afford a decent public school system - or heath care or adequate housing.

https://truthout.org/video/trumps-call-for-more-nato-military-spending-benefits-us-weapons-manufacturers/
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My mood is not improving.

I think of the days in 1939 when the boys in my father's scout troop came by  to say goodbye. They were off to fight against Nazism and evil - so they had been told.

In fact, the wealthy of Europe and the US had nothing against Hitler. Indeed, they supported him right up to 1939 and even later. They liked Hitler because he was their kind of guy. He was going to stop any spread of communism from Russia. He was their kinda  guy. Nor did they give a damn about Jews. In fact, they often forcibly returned Jews to the fate they knew awaited them, and they did it all through the war.

No. They liked Hitler, and chanted their minds about him only after it was apparent that Hitler's Germany would soon be an industrial and financial competitor of their own business leaders. That's why war was declared in 1939.    Indeed, at the end of the war and for three years later, our leaders refused to give any help to Jews, and would not accept them.

Hitler was evil. But that had nothing to do with why we went to war.

The end of the war was a golden opportunity to make a better world for all. But we didn't do a damn thing - not a thing of all that had been promised. Instead, U.S. big business launched itself into endless wars to steal the oil of the middle east, to attempt to steal China , to massacre 200,000 Maya people - over seventy of those wars. It launched into massive torture programmes all over the world. It still does.

The western world, certainly, was taken over by large numbers of our side of the greediest and most savage people  in history. They have made this whole world into an endless festival of mass murder, torture, impoverishment.

I thought of all those boys who had come to our house to say goodbye. Some would never come back. None of them had risked their lives so that unspeakably greedy and savage capitalists could murder, starve, enslave millions of people for all these years after the war.

Most of us have had very little of the post-war prosperity. By far the greatest winner have been the super-wealthy who will go on killing so long as we allow them to. They also put the brakes on domestic prosperity for the rest of  us.  The billions in hidden taxes, the growing national profit, all go to them. That's a big reason why our children will get worsening education - so that billionaires can take the lead. That's why the U.S. unemployment is not  the tiny number that liar Trump says it is. It's way, way higher. And Trump, like our own Doug Ford, kiss up to the rich with budget reallocations that benefit the rich and starve the poor.

Wake up. For Christ's sake, wake up. We have destroyed everything we claimed we fought for 1939. Trudeau  happily sells us out to big money. And the Liberals have been doing that for years. The Conservatives have not had a compassionate programme in their whole history. Most of our politicians have sold us out to some of this world's greediest and most socially immoral people. And we have been sent out to murder people in Korea, Afghanistan, Libya - so our billionaire thieves can steal from them, too.

In short, we are a world in which the greedy plunder and murder as they choose.  And for that, they are welcome in most political parties. The rot goes right through our governments  - and us.

And if we can't raise any social conscience, consider that allowing this to go on will destroy all of us. (It will destroy the wealthy, too. But greed beats brains every time.) 

And time is running very, very short.             

Thursday, April 4, 2019

April 3: Damn. Damn everybody.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/455406-jallianwala-bagh-massacre-apologise-britain/

The Amritsar killings were pretty small by British standards. Far more, millions more, were killed by starvation. That's what empires do. That's what the American empire does.

This is in step with the old, British empire.

Land of hope and glory.
Mother of the free.
How can we extol them
Who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider
Shall thy bonds be set.
God who made thee mighty
Make thee mightier yet....

This theme has been adopted byAmericans who,  like the children of  all nations, are raised on this nonsense. This anthem is profoundly racist, and blames God for the killing of lesser peoples. . (Thus the Trump support from the Bible Belt.) And the terrible thing is that a great many of the churches support this killing - if only by their silence.
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As the troops return and parade with glittering medals  from the war, there are millions left behind on the battlefields to pay the price of the war. They don't get to parade. They don't get medals.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/syria-al-hol-camp-overcrowding-red-cross-humanitarian-crisis-1.5082150
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-student-walkout-protest-education-1.5084024

Class sizes should be smaller, not bigger. You cannot properly teach a class of 28. And private schools for rich kids certainly will not be following this. Note that Doug (Trump) Ford makes an accusation against the teachers and their union for which he offers not the slightest evidence.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/03/un-calls-on-white-house-to-aid-north-korea-despite-standoff
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/03/israel-treatment-palestinians-apartheid-south-africa
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https://www.thenation.com/article/rajan-menon-meritocracy-myth-college-admissions-scandal/

Canada is not a whole lot different. I don't think one can buy one's way into university in Canada. But the rich grown up in a much different world from the poor. It's a difference that says with almost all of the poor for life. And premier Doug Ford of Ontario has just made it worse.
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The  horror that is coming - and the horror is not migrants. The horror is us.

https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-rising-unemployment-fueling-anti-migrant-sentiment-in-rich-countries

Of course, we could make room for more people by reducing Canadian working hours so we could hire more people. But our billionaires wouldn't like that. So our alternative to migration is???  Kill the migrants.

You know, it's been some seventy years since Canada generally reduced work hours. In those years, it's been great for the rich as automation has reduced their need for humans.That - and allowing the very rich to hide their money from taxes -  has been a wonderful gain - for the very, very rich. But not so hot for the rest of us.

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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2019/04/ontarios-kids-need-more-education-today-not-more-cages

Too true.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/04/historic-yemen-vote-puts-power-end-us-complicity-worlds-worst-humanitarian-crisis

But Trump won't end it. And the Christians of the Bible Belt will cheer this man who has the courage to starve children to death. I'm sure it's in their Bibles - somewhere.
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https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/04/03/j-jenius-what-about-windmills-and-oringes

The trouble is  that disposing of Trump won't solve anything. Almost all presidents of the U.S. have governed to make the rich richer at the expense of the poor.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/03/flood-comments-shows-public-utterly-repulsed-trump-plan-take-food-stamps-750000

Many, many years ago when I was a delightful child of 15 or so, my father bought our first car. And, oh,  for Montrealers a car was the magic device that made it possible to go to the U.S. on weekends - to shop in the delights of Plattsburgh and Burlington.
The U.S. was an ideal we all looked up to.
But I haven't seen the U.S. for years. And, oh, I don't ever want to see it again.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/04/arctic-permafrost-no-longer-freezes-even-in-winter/
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I don't know whether the following account is true. I do know that it's possible.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/04/the-cia-takeover-of-america-in-the-1960s-is-the-story-of-our-times/

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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/04/04/Big-Pharma-Billionaires/

Must people think pharmacare is to restore their health. But capitalists think it's to make them richer.
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John Bolton is a severely unbalanced person. He has a long history to prove it. And this is the man Trump has chosen as his foreign affairs expert.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/irritating-facts-about-korea-that-many-in-the-west-would-rather-not-know/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi

I don't know the story about this. Even stranger, I  cannot find a site that has any comment on this. Nor does it say who suspended it.
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http://www.medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2019/898-the-destruction-of-freedom-chelsea-manning-julian-assange-and-the-corporate-media.html
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/04/opinion/canada-cant-rely-luck-protect-northern-waters
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Climate change? It would be hard to find a person more discredited on This issue than Andrew Scheer and his Conservatives.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/03/news/andrew-scheers-tories-now-say-their-climate-plan-will-come-well-election
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https://theantimedia.com/vips-urge-trump-avoid-war-venezuela/
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https://truthout.org/articles/wendys-owner-gives-big-to-trump-while-refusing-farmworkers-demands/

Hey! Trump will make them rich(er). So who gives a damn about workers?
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https://truthout.org/articles/every-war-is-a-war-against-children/
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https://theintercept.com/2019/04/03/chicago-election-results-socialism-city-council/
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article205873.html
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This has been a difficult day for blogging. Information Clearing House seems to have been shot down - but there is no information anywhere on why this has happened or who is behind it.

The U.S., we are now informed, has played a major role in killing 68,000  Yemeni children in a year of starving them to death. Americans! Stand and say God bless our brave soldiers.

Who have the big killers been over the last several centuries. Hitler's Germany? That's nowhere close. The biggest killer has probably been Britain at some 350 million. I cannot find a figure for the U.S. But it has been to war in almost every year since it was created. Not many countries can match that.  It slaughtered its native peoples, then the people of The Philippines, then all of Latin America. Since 1968, it has killed some one and a half million of its own people with guns.

But the end of World War 2 sent the U.S. on binge of killing all over the world. It's record of killing is way beyond that of Hitler.

Note, too, that the big killers of the last several centuries have been Christians - the same kind that vote for Trump.

This becomes very difficult to write a blog on, especially when I know that relatively few Americans or Canadians have a clue of what's going on. They see us as defenders rather than the mass murderers we are. (Our prime minister recently had to support the U.S. absurd charge that it has the right to invade Venezuela, and steal its oil. We've been patsies for the U.S. before - Korea,  Afghanistan, Syria, Haiti,....and I very much fear we are going to be patsies again -  murdering Venezuelans to make American (and at least one Canadian) oil baron happy.

This role in the world is NOT what Canadians fought and died for in World War 2. When the hell is The Canadian Legion (our veterans association) going to wake up to that? And when is going to realize there is something contemptible about being an errand boy for the most vicious nation this world has seen since the collapse of the British Empire?

But no. Canadians will happily remain ignorant of the world,  and will go on voting for the Liberal and Conservative parties that  have been errand boys for big money since the beginning.

We fought World War 2  on the basis of the promise we were going to make this a better world. We didn't do it. We didn't even try. And we followed the U.S. on its trail to world domination, something it  has been killing millions for since 1950.

This is a bad day. And we are a lifeless, spineless people, perhaps even more so than our empire-worshipping ancestors.